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Dr. David Edds was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal in 1977-79, and a student Fulbright scholar in Nepal in 1984-85
Dr. David Edds was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal in 1977-79, and a student Fulbright scholar in Nepal in 1984-85
Dr. David Edds is an aquatic ecologist active in research on community structure of rivers, streams, and reservoirs. His main interests lie in fish biology, but he also studies the ecology of aquatic turtles and invertebrates, including odonates and freshwater mussels. Much of his recent research in the Midwest has centered on the conservation of threatened and endangered species, including the Neosho madtom (a threatened catfish); the Neosho mucket, Ouachita kidneyshell, and western fanshell (mussels); and the common map turtle and alligator snapping turtle. Past research has examined the ecology of reservoir gamefishes, the effects of pollution on aquatic communities, habitat restoration for riffle fishes, and spatial patterns/environmental correlates of fish assemblage structure. Dr. Edds' principal research addresses the distribution and ecology of fishes of Nepal.
At Emporia State University, Dr. Edds is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, teaching Aquatic Biology, Ichthyology, Stream Ecology, Fisheries Management, Zoology, and General Biology. He and Dr. Dwight Moore team-teach Tropical Field Ecology alternate winter breaks at the Bahamian Field Station, San Salvador, Bahamas; the next offering of this course will begin in December 1999.
Dr. Edds earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from Oklahoma State University in 1989, with a dissertation entitled "Multivariate analysis of fish assemblage composition and environmental correlates in a Himalayan river -- Nepal's Kali Gandaki/Narayani." His doctoral research was performed in Nepal in 1984-86, and was summarized in publications in Copeia 1993:48-60, Odonatologica 22: 213-221, and the Journal of the Nepal Natural History Museum 10:13-22. Dr. Edds was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal in 1977-79, and a student Fulbright scholar in Nepal in 1984-85. With support from National Geographic and a faculty Fulbright research grant, Dr. Edds traveled to Nepal in 1996 to continue long-term research on fish ecology in the Himalayas.
Dr. Edds' major professor at OSU was Dr. A.A. Echelle, who also supervised his master's research on "The genetic structure of endangered desert fishes: natural versus captive populations." This research used electrophoresis to compare genetic variability of natural and captive populations of Cyprinodon bovinus, C. elegans, and Gambusia nobilis, and results were published in Copeia 1987:668-681, Conservation Biology 3:159-169, and Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 118:441-446.
Jeffrey, J.D. and D.R. Edds. 1999. Spring movements and spawning habitat of sauger (Stizostedion canadense) in a small midwestern USA reservoir. J. Freshwater Ecology 14:385-397.
Edds, D.R. 1998. Geographic distribution - Testudines: Kachuga tecta (Indian Roofed Turtle); Kachuga smithii smithii (Brown Roofed Turtle); and Kachuga tentoria flaviventer (Yellowbelly Indian Tent Turtle). Herpetological Review 29:109.
Jeffrey, J.D. and D.R. Edds. 1997. A Global Positioning System for aquatic surveys. Fisheries 22(12):16-20.
Obermeyer, B.K., D.R. Edds, C.W. Prophet and E.J. Miller. 1997. Freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in the Verdigris, Neosho, and Spring River basins of Kansas and Missouri, with emphasis on species of concern. American Malacological Bulletin 14(1):41-55.
Obermeyer, B.K., D.R. Edds, E.J. Miller, and C.W. Prophet. 1997. Range reductions of southeast Kansas unionids. Pages 108-116 in K.S. Cummings, A.C. Buchanan, C.A. Mayer, and T.J. Naimo, eds. Conservation and management of freshwater mussels II: initiatives for the future. Proceedings of a UMRCC symposium, 16-18 October 1995, St. Louis, Missouri. Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee, Rock Island, Illinois.
Fuselier, L. and D. Edds. 1996. Seasonal variation of riffle and pool fish assemblages in a short mitigated stream reach. The Southwestern Naturalist 41:299-306.
Wilkinson, C., D. Edds, J. Dorlac, M.L. Wildhaber, C.J. Schmidt, and A. Allert. 1996. Neosho madtom distribution and abundance in the Spring River. The Southwestern Naturalist 41:78-81.
Fuselier, L. and D. Edds. 1995. An artificial riffle as restored habitat for the threatened Neosho madtom. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 15:499-503.
Fuselier, L. and D. Edds. 1994. Seasonal variation in habitat use by the Neosho madtom (Teleostei:Ictaluridae: Noturus placidus). The Southwestern Naturalist 39:217-223.
Fuselier, L. and D. Edds. 1994. Habitat partitioning among three sympatric species of map turtles, genus Graptemys. Journal of Herpetology 28:154-158.
Morrissey, J.R. and D.R. Edds. 1994. Metal pollution associated with a landfill: concentrations in water, sediment, crayfish, and fish. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 97:18-25.
Shipman, P.A., D.R. Edds, and D. Blex. 1994. Macroclemys temminckii (Alligator Snapping Turtle) and Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle) agonistic behavior. Herpetological Review 25:24-25.
Pfingsten, D.G. and D.R. Edds. 1994. Reproductive traits of the Neosho madtom, Noturus placidus (Pisces:Ictaluridae). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 97:82-87.
Edds, D.R. 1993. Fish assemblage structure and environmental correlates in Nepal's Gandaki River. Copeia 1993:48-60.
Mahato, M. and D. Edds. 1993. Altitudinal distribution of odonate larvae in Nepal's Gandaki River. Odonatologica 22:213-221.
Fuselier, L. and D. Edds. 1993. Range extension for the southern redbelly dace (Phoxinus erythrogaster) in Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 96:227-228.
Edds, D.R., P.A. Shipman and L.E. Shipman. 1991. Geographic distribution: Graptemys pseudogeographica ouachitensis. Herpetogical Review 22:134.
Edds, D.R. and A.A. Echelle. 1989. Genetic comparisons of hatchery and natural stocks of small endangered fishes: Leon Springs pupfish, Comanche Springs pupfish, and Pecos gambusia. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 118:441-446.
Echelle, A.F., A.A. Echelle, and D.R. Edds. 1989. Conservation genetics of a spring-dwelling desert fish, the Pecos gambusia (Gambusia nobilis, Poeciliidae). Conservation Biology 3:159-169.
Matthews, W.J., L.G. Hill, D.R. Edds, and F.G. Gelwick. 1989. Influence of water quality and season on habitat use by striped bass in a large southwestern reservoir. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 118:243-250.
Matthews, W.J., L.G. Hill, D.R. Edds, J.J. Hoover, and T.G. Heger. 1988. Trophic ecology of striped bass, Morone saxatilis, in a freshwater reservoir (Lake Texoma, USA). Journal of Fish Biology 33:273-288.
Echelle, A.A., A.F. Echelle, and D.R. Edds. 1987. Population structure of four pupfish species (Cyprinodontidae: Cyprinodon) from the Chihuahuan desert region of New Mexico and Texas: allozymic variation. Copeia 1987:668-681.
Edds, D.R. 1986. Fishes of the Kali Gandaki/Narayani River, Nepal. Journal of the Nepal Natural History Museum 10:13-22.
Edds, D.R. 1986. The fishes of Royal Chitawan National Park. Journal of the Nepal Natural History Museum 10:1-12.
Edds, D.R. 1985. New records of fish species for Nepal. Journal of the Nepal Natural History Museum 9:41-46.
At Emporia State University, Dr. Edds has supervised the following master's theses:
Combes, Matt (In progress). Mussel assemblage structure upstream from three Kansas reservoirs.
Stein, Jon (In progress). Yellow bass (Morone mississippiensis) and white perch (Morone americana) ecology in an oxbow of the Missouri River.
Tollefson, John (In progress). Comparative habitat use of midland smooth (Apalone mutica) and western spiny (Apalone spinifera) softshell turtles in Kansas.
Bulger, Angela. 1999. Reproductive biology of the Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus).
Hesting, Vincent. 1997. Environmental correlates of cove fish assemblage structure in Melvern Lake, Kansas.
Wilkinson, Chris. 1997. Spatial pattern of fish assemblage structure and environmental correlates in the Spring River basin, with emphasis on the Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus).
Obermeyer, Brian. 1996. Unionidae (Bivalvia) of the Arkansas River system of SE Kansas and SW Missouri: species of concern, historical change, commercial harvest, and sampling methods. (co-major advisor Carl Prophet)
Jeffrey, Jay. 1995. Spring movements, regional fidelity, and spawning of sauger (Stizostedion canadense) in Melvern Reservoir, Kansas, and the Global Positioning System for aquatic surveys.
Fuselier, Linda. 1993. Habitat restoration and seasonal habitat use by Neosho madtoms (Noturus placidus), and spatio-temporal variation of fish assemblages in the Cottonwood River, Kansas.
Shipman, Paul. 1993. Alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) habitat selection, movements, and natural history in southeast Kansas.
Morrissey, Jamie. 1991. Heavy metals in an intermittent stream below a landfill: concentrations in water, sediment, crayfish and fish.
Undergraduate research is also promoted at Emporia State University. Dr. Edds has supervised numerous undergraduate research projects at ESU, including: Fish biodiversity in the Spring River; Computer analysis of age and growth of the Neosho madtom; Estimating fish population densities in the Cottonwood River; Removal-depletion estimation of river fish population size; Electrofishing assessment of Cottonwood River fish populations; Fishery statistics of Browning Oxbow; Conservation status of freshwater mussels in southeast Kansas; Reproductive habits of the Neosho madtom; Diurnal-nocturnal assemblages of reef fishes on Dump Reef, San Salvador, Bahamas; Coral selection by stoplight parrotfish in San Salvador, Bahamas; Behavior of red rock sea urchins in San Salvador, Bahamas; Comparison of growth to age relationships of green sunfish in two Kansas farm ponds; Distribution of the timber rattlesnake in southeast Kansas; The effects of small-scale stream improvement on local fish diversity; Creel census of Centralia Lake; Recovery from injury in red-eared slider; Captive breeding of Burmese pythons; Distribution and abundance of the Arkansas darter in Crooked Creek, southwest Kansas; Habitat suitability indices for two cavity nesting birds in eastern Kansas; Fish population estimation and development of a fish management plan for a farm pond in Lyon County; Bait preferences of semi-aquatic turtles in southeast Kansas; and Environmental correlates of fish assemblage structure in the Walnut and lower Arkansas rivers in south-central Kansas. Six of these projects (those of Brian Obermeyer, Lenn Shipman, Dave McLeod, Daren Riedle, Darrin Pfingsten, and Warren Voorhees) resulted in student presentations at meetings of scientific societies and/or publications in scientific journals.
Several of these ESU students have received achievement awards from professional societies. Linda Fuselier was a 1992 recipient of the Skinner Memorial Award from the American Fisheries Society, and was named outstanding fisheries student in Kansas by the Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in 1992.Jay Jeffrey received "honorable mention" for the Skinner Memorial Award in 1993, and was named outstanding fisheries student in Kansas in 1993. Jay also won the Best Student Paper Award at the 1994 Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual meeting. Chris Wilkinson was named outstanding fisheries student in Kansas in 1998. Paul Shipman was named the 1994 outstanding student of Kansas herpetology by the Kansas Herpetological Society, and Daren Riedle won that award in 1993.
Dr. Edds graduated with a B.S. in Biology from The University of Kansas in 1977, and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Independence Community College in 1974. He is a member of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Neosho madtom recovery team, is a past-president of the Kansas Herpetological Society , and is President of the Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society for 1999-2000. His membership in professional societies includes the American Fisheries Society, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetolgists, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, The Chelonian Conservation and Biology, Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Kansas Academy of Science , Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Kansas Herpetological Society , Fulbright Alumni Association, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi , and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
Dr. Edds is Associate Editor, Fishes, for The Southwestern Naturalist. For more information on SWAN, including Instructions for Authors, see www.s-w-a-n.org.
Dr. Edds can be phoned at (620) 341-5622, FAXed at (620) 341-5607, or e-mailed at email@example.com.
Last updated 13 August 1999.